County News

September 3, 2019

Record Books are due into the extension office by October 4th. All books will need to go to their club leaders before coming to our office. 

Record Keeping

Philosophy for 4-H Record Keeping

The purpose of 4-H record keeping is to teach how to keep records, which is an important life skill. Record keeping is an ongoing process that does not end when the 4-H year ends. 

Objectives for 4-H Record Keeping

  • To learn how to set goals, how to make plans for action, and how to decide how well you did (evaluation).
  • To learn the skills of record keeping and organization to use now and in the future.
  • To learn to communicate and summarize.
  • To learn responsibility by completing a task.
  • To evaluate information that will market personal skills through future resumes and application forms.

August 27, 2019


• September 7th...ONLY SHOOTING SPORTS, no Archery

9:00-10:45am - Shooting Sports, No Archery this Saturday

 For questions contact Diane Wolfe, 319-234-6811. Or come and find out more! Open to all 4-hers 4th grade and older. Shooting Sports will be going back to Chickasaw Hall at Hawkeye College starting in January! 

You can bring a Friend, but if they are not enrolled in 4-H, they must do so by going to:
.... enter as a new family and for the club choose Shooting Sports. Call 319-234-6811 for questions.

August 27, 2019

Includes Morning Snack & Coffee, Lunch and Hand-Outs! See T-Shirt to pre-order!

August 27, 2019

National 4-H Youth Science Day

Designed by Google and West Virginia Extension service, Game Changers teaches kids ages 8-14 how to use computer science (CS) to create games, solve problems and engage with topics they are passionate about. 

Read more! Please Email Emily if interested!

August 16, 2019

New "4-H Fair Office" on the National Cattle Congress Grounds! New "4-H Fair Office" on the National Cattle Congress Grounds!
Exciting changes happened this summer for the Black Hawk County 4-H & FFA Fair Office! For years the fair office was housed in an outside corner of the Hippodrome near the maintenance facilities. It served it’s purpose but lacked enough room for operations, storage and only had three or four outlets which were overloaded. Through a great relationship with the National Cattle Congress the Black Hawk County Fair Board secured a multi-year lease moving the Fair Office to the old Milking Parlor. This summer Mike Geisler and team rehabilitated the milking parlor by stabilizing the roof and walls, replacing a door, adding a door, adding a sliding window and more electrical outlets. This week a new pole building is being constructed behind the milking parlor which will serve for safe and secure storage of all equipment supporting the annual fair and 4-H programming. Currently livestock gates, pens, panels, equipment and other supplies are stored in five or six locations including in the outdoors which has led to damage and misuse. Here are some pictures showing the progress show far. Thank you to the Otto Shoitz Foundation and the Black Hawk County Fair Board for investing in 4-H and FFA and making this dream a reality. 

August 14, 2019

• See all our WINNERS!

• See Google photo here.

• See Facebook Photos here. Great for Record book!

August 14, 2019

Become a Master Gardener

8 Thurday Night Classes, 6:00pm. First Intro Class is August 22 at 6:00pm at the Black Hawk Count Extension.
For more info contact: Steven Eilers, Urban Agriculture Specialist 319-234-6811 

Master Gardener Website

August 8, 2019
Private and Commercial Pesticide Testing for Applicators
 IDALS 2019 TEST DATES for Private & Commercial Applicators for Black Hawk County. 
  May 10, June 14, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13  
  IDALS Private Pesticide Applicator TESTING 10:00 - 2:00pm at Extension See Brochure
July 20, 2019

Dates:  Thursdays….from 8/15-9/26 from 6-9pm

Price $100, Make Check payable to Black Hawk County Extension, 3420 University Ave., Suite B, Waterloo Iowa . 50701

Read more...           Open Registration Form

July 8, 2019

See dates in October for Personal Development, Woodworking, New Judges Training and Photography! All Online!

June 20, 2019
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County has sets of fishing poles available for schools, youth groups and other non-profits working with youth to borrow with Fish Iowa!
Fish Iowa! combines physical education, health, biology, geography, and family and consumer sciences into a program that focuses on fishing. Designed for use in formal settings with middle school through senior high students, it easily adapts to non-formal programs such as camps, scout outings, etc. Fish Iowa! works with students with all levels of abilities.
A $25.00 deposit and fishing pole checkout agreement need to be completed. The deposit will be returned when the poles are returned. To learn more please contact the Black Hawk County Extension office at 319-234-6811.
June 19, 2019

In the fall of 2018 John Lawrence, Iowa State University Vice President of Extension and Outreach, requested that each county begin the process of transitioning all 4-H Club funds within the County Extension Districts’ financial management system. The staff of the Black Hawk County Extension office has worked diligently to develop a process to make this transition as smooth as possible for all the clubs in our county.

Upon completion of this transfer, each club will have their own account within the Black Hawk County Extension financial system and they will maintain the authority to determine how their funds are to be used. In essence, the Black Hawk County Extension office will provide services similar to a bank for the club. 

The helpful Black Hawk 4-H Club Account Transfer Guide.pdf 
(see attached in word)  is the step by step guide for clubs to establish their accounts within the Black Hawk County Agricultural Extension District’s financial management system. This guide has been designed to be filled out electronically for ease of submission, but can also be completed by hand. 

Black Hawk County 4-H Club Account Q&A Document specifically developed for Black Hawk County 4-H clubs is also available as a reference. 

If you have any questions about this process please contact Shelly Smith, Executive Director, or 319-234-6811.

June 3, 2019

Black Hawk County 4-H Staff and AmeriCorps presented to EMBARC (The Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center) in Waterloo to share information about the local and state 4-H program. Heather, Diane, Kei-Che and Emily loved the opportunity to share an icebreaker activity, talk about the purpose and process of the 4-H program, and Kei-Che taught the 4-H Pledge in American Sign Language. Later this week, EMBARC Staff and Volunteers will be joining ISUEO Staff and Council Members to share about their program and the valued individuals they serve throughout the Cedar Valley. Watch for 4-H program updates as EMBARC and 4-H continue to partner in youth development!

May 31, 2019

Iowa State University’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will feature a variety of topics hot on producers’ minds.

NASHUA, Iowa – Farmers who attend the annual spring field day at Iowa State University’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will get an inside look at popular topics for 2019, including industrial hemp, small grains production and the growing season forecast.

Planned for June 26, the program will begin at 1 p.m. with a talk by Dennis Todey, director of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Midwest Climate Hub, regarding his insights on this year’s crop weather. READ MORE

May 30, 2019

Was a wonderful day of learning all kinds of Safety Tips! See all photos on FACEBOOK!

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day will be held at La Porte City Elementary School on May 24th with over 300 students, teachers, adult volunteers, FFA members, and ISU Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County staff in attendance. Educational safety lessons will be delivered to children from Kindergarten through 5th grade.


May 17, 2019

long-term care

WATERLOO, Iowa – Providing long-term care for a loved one can take a physical, emotional and financial toll on the caregiver and the person receiving the care, and can affect their community as a whole. Through the Finances of Caregiving workshop series, a mother and her daughter learned how to face this challenge together. Then they encouraged the broader African American community to learn as well.

The Finances of Caregiving workshop series helps families with many issues related to providing care for a loved one, said Jeannette Mukayisire, a human sciences specialist in family finance with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

May 8, 2019

4-H Club Survey

The survey will come to the youth via email from with subject line "Spring 2019 4-H Club Survey". THANKS so much for your imput!

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